As three members sat behind the mic for the last time, a trio of new members was sworn in and joined the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees during the regular session held Monday night. The first meeting with the new-look board included 16 student recognitions, 14 approved agenda items, one public comment and a nearly two-hour-long closed session.

The night began with several recognitions, which included the state champion Midlothian Heritage girls' soccer team. Departing board members then gave speeches about their time serving Midlothian ISD and, when the speeches ended, newly-installed board president Matt Sanders elaborated about a board member’s job. He was appointed president moments later with former president Todd Hemphill’s term ending.

“While we are changing the guard, so to speak, you see the emotion on these gentlemen’s face, their eyes and their hearts, as well as former board members (in the back of the room), current board members up here,” Sanders said. “This is a tough job, but they do it, and we do it, to serve kids. There’s no payment, obviously; there’s no purse. We do it because of the kids.”

In addition to Sanders becoming the new board president, Stewart Domke was named vice-president and Andrea Walton was appointed as secretary. Gary Vineyard, Carl Smith, and Heather Prather were sworn onto the board.


Although the idea of a new middle school in Midlothian was already approved, the thought of it can now be seen.

The Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design and development for the third middle school Monday night. As part of the new school, an agreement between Midlothian ISD and the City of Midlothian for roadway facilities was approved to extend a lane from Mt. Zion Road to Plainview Road.

As proposals were approved for a future middle school, there was also a major one for the current Frank Seale Middle School, as the board hired Kristopher Vernon as the school’s principal. Vernon is currently the principal at Frankford Middle School in Plano. He graduated from Texas A&M University before earning a master’s degree in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University, according to a press release from Midlothian ISD.

“He will foster an environment where every child feels inspired and supported to grow their unlimited potential,” MISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter said in the press release.

Other approvals from Monday night were a request to issue RFP for elementary classrooms audio, visual and multimedia systems, which includes SmartBoards in every classroom, and a proposal to install a new public address, bell and clock system throughout the district. The only discussion item denied was a potential agreement between Midlothian ISD and the City of Midlothian for the city to use the school’s facilities. This proposal will be discussed again at the next meeting.

The next Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for June 18.